Most of us have a fairly good understanding of what we need to do to keep our homes secure. Make sure we’re always keeping the front door locked, install a security alarm, and keep nothing on display that might inspire passersby to try their luck at breaking and entering, and job done, right? Perhaps not. Most burglaries don’t happen by chance; they’re targeting. And most don’t occur through the front of the house – criminal target the garden, which is often better hidden and laxer when it comes to security. To ensure you’re not targeting this way, we’ve put together a few useful tips that’ll up the security levels of your garden.
The reason why criminals approach the back is that, as we mentioned above, the garden is darker, which means they’re less likely to be seen by other people. Take a look at your garden at night: is it an attractive proposition for a person who might be looking at entering your home? If so, you can get around this by adding lighting. If it’s motion sensor, then it’ll spring on the second someone gets too close. And when they do, they might just think twice about continuing with their plan.
Secure the Area
Of course, it’ll be much better to ensure that no-one can get near your home in the first place. If your garden is easily accessible from the street, then you’ll be making it easy for criminals to check the area out, and maybe enter your home. You can make your garden more secure by installing high fence panels around the edge of the property. No criminal will want to climb over a fence, especially as it means they’ll have a hard time getting out should their plans not go as expected.
An Uninviting Space
It’s not always the house that criminals target. Many people keep a lot of valuable machinery and other equipment in their shed, which is typically nowhere near as secure as it should be. If possible, try not to keep anything valuable on display, or even in your shed. If you have no other option, then make sure you’re using more than a latch to keep your garden shed door closed. And of course, nothing expensive should be visible inside your home from the garden, either.
Check the Back Doors
Alas, some criminals will be determined to enter your home whatever steps you’ve taken, so the very least you can do is make it difficult for them. People usually have secure front doors, but flimsy doors at the back. If you have patio doors, it won’t require much force to enter your home. Take a look at yours, and check they’re as secure as they can be.
Finally, don’t forget the trust gravel path. Criminals want darkness and silence, and if you’re shining a spotlight on them and making them walk along a loud and crunchy path, then you’ll get plenty of notice that someone is up to no good in your garden.
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